24 April 2024

Rideal Lecture and Symposium: Colloid Science at Work

Organised by:

SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group

SCI, London, UK

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The one-day symposium Colloid Science at Work will celebrate the importance of soft matter science in innovation.  Presentations by 6 outstanding academic and industrial scientists will describe aspects of soft-matter science in inkjet printing, chocolate production, agrochemical formulation,  RNA-vaccine delivery, personal-care products, latex-glove making and helping the world transition from fossil fuels.

The day will conclude with the Sir Eric Rideal Lecture – a recognition of a sustained and distinguished contribution to colloid and interface science in the UK- given by Andrew Howe, an enthusiast for the importance of colloid science.


This meeting should bring together chemists, chemical engineers and physicists interested in the fundamentals of polymer colloids research, as well as those interested in the preparation, analysis and application of these materials. One of the aims of the meeting is to allow young researchers and students a unique platform to get first-hand information from world-renowned scientists on topics of prime importance in colloid science.  Attendees can have their work featured in the lunchtime poster session.

Call for posters

An abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words indicating title and authors should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Sunday 31 March 2024 with the subject line “Rideal lecture - poster abstract submission”.


Wednesday 24 April 2024

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Chocolate: using engineering science to optimise its behaviour
Professor Maria Charalambides, Imperial College
Applying colloid science to design next-generation crop-protection formulations for application by drones
Dr Malcolm Faers, Bayer
Making rubber gloves: using colloid science to understand and optimise industrial processes
Professor Alex Routh, University of Cambridge
Lunch and posters
Colloid science in beauty and personal care
Dr Liz Jamie, Unilever
From science to inkjets and back again
Professor Colin Bain, University of Durham
Refreshment break and posters
E.T., howe’zat! elastic turbulence and the energy transition
Dr Andrew Clarke, SCR
How colloid science is essential to RNA vaccines – and could revolutionise new medicines
Professor Cameron Alexander, University of Nottingham
Networking reception and posters
Rideal award lecture 2024: Colloid science at work
Dr Andrew Howe, Aqdot
Closing remarks
Conference close

Organising committee
Dr Azarmidokht Gholamipour, University of Manchester
Dr Richard Greenwood, University of Birmingham
Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


SCI/RSC* Member - £70
Non-member - £135
SCI/RSC* Student member - £30

* RSC members should enter the Event discount code EJRCOLL673 and select “Guest Member” under the section Member type. Delegates will be contacted for their RSC membership number after successful registration.

*RSC student members should enter the Event discount code EJRCOLL673S and select “Guest Member” under the section Member type. Delegates will be contacted for their RSC membership number after successful registration.

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